Last week, two stars of French women’s soccer Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui, were in the same car traveling home from a team dinner when a group of masked men reportedly dragged them both out of the vehicle and clobbered Hamraoui’s legs and hands with metal bars.
With her teammate in hospital, Diallo took Hamraoui’s place in the Paris St.-Germain starting lineup on Tuesday as they played against Real Madrid in a prestige Champions League match.
One day later, Diallo was arrested by Paris police in connection with last week’s attack.
The shocking development was announced in a statement from PSG on Wednesday, with France’s top team writing: “Paris Saint-Germain can confirm that Aminata Diallo was taken into custody this morning by the Versailles Regional Police Service as part of the proceedings opened following an attack on the Club’s players last Thursday evening.”
It added: “Paris Saint-Germain condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence committed… Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles Police to clarify the facts. The Club is paying close attention to the progress of the proceedings and will study what action to take.”
France’s most respected sports newspaper, L’Equipe, reported that Diallo is suspected of playing a part in hiring two masked men to drag Hamraoui out of her car and attack her in an attempt to take her out of action. The two French national team players both play in midfield for PSG.
On the night of the attack, Hamraoui had reportedly accepted a ride home from Diallo after the team dinner. Diallo was said to be at the wheel when both women were pulled outside by the masked men, but Diallo was only restrained by them, while Hamraoui was hammered with iron bars. The 31-year-old is still recovering from injuries to her legs and hands.
Diallo played in PSG’s 4-0 Champion’s league drubbing of Real Madrid on Tuesday, but Hamraoui missed the match due to her injuries.